Spoon to lips.  Incoming!  Textures and flavors ignite the senses.  Deep, slow inhale with closed eyes and we’re in orgasmic food bliss.

I love this concept of “orgasmic food!” It really caught my attention when my friend, the beautiful Miss Jaiya-an internationally recognized sexologist-used these words to describe the way we eat.

Yesterday, my husband and I had dinner at this adorable quaint little place near our home; that prides themselves on using organic, local, sustainable fare (orgasmic food).  The food is delicious and the quality is unmistakable.  It was so incredibly tasty that after I took a moment in gratitude, and blessed my meal-as I do each time-we literally dove in.  It only took a few bites for me to realize I wasn’t really enjoying the food.  I was just filling a void.  A very empty void in my stomach.  As I tuned into the moment, I slowed down.  I made eye contact with Joe to let him know that I was thoroughly enjoying the food by closing my eyes and “mmm-ing!”  I then asked him to join me and close his eyes and take a deep breath after taking a bite.  Together, we took a slow, deep inhale and really tasted the array of flavors in our mouths.  We turned up the dial on our senses and tapped into sensuality.

Vibrant display of “orgasmic food” at Pike’s Place Market I captured during a recent visit to Seattle, Washington

sensuality (ˌsɛnsjʊˈælɪtɪ)

1. (Physiology) the quality or state of being sensual

2. Excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures

 

Yes! I’m totally an advocate for indulgence…in sensual pleasures…while eating.  If we really connect with we put in our mouths we can connect better with ourselves, and also with what is going on inside and what we are putting out.

What’s the most recent thing you put in your mouth?  How do you feel about it?  How did you feel a few hours after?

If you want to share your answers in the comments below, then I encourage you to do so and would be so incredibly grateful if you did! If you feel any differently (or are completely not open to sharing your answers to these questions), I have another question for you.

Are you up for an experiment?

It’s a new year.  Thousands…alright, more like millions of people have made a commitment; a new year’s “resolution” to slim down or more simply, just be healthier!  We can begin with a hint from last week’s post, and consider shifting focus from a resolution to an intention.

excerpt from article by Candace Plattor from the Vancouver Observer

I actually think it’s fabulous that we want to strive for more; and step fully into the best version of ourselves.  These New Year’s resolutions are great (as intentions 🙂  What is the reason you want to lose weight?  Can you answer this quick?  The quickest route begins with step one, which is just being fully aware of what and how much you put in your mouth!  Then, if you have a powerful why then you’re more likely to get results.  For example, I’d love to feel my best in wearing pink…in front of a few hundred people.

I was pink this past weekend.  Just a side note.

Here’s the experiment:  Start with a 3 second check in with yourself after you eat.  I promise you have time and the self-discipline for 3 seconds.  You finish your meal.  You close your eyes and take a long, slow deep inhale.  Do you want to rest and take a nap? Are you fueled and ready to tackle the rest of your day?  Do you feel heavy? Light?  Ask yourself a few questions and check in after your meals.  Bonus points: do this after each bite or a few times during the meal.

If these 3 second check-ins go well, then we’re moving toward a peaceful, nourishing mealtime ritual.  Eating can be more of a blissful experience where we really enjoy every bite on a deep level.  Connecting with my food is a practice that has been extremely beneficial for me.

the perfect setting and moment to check-in during my meal: on the beach in Koh Phangan, Thailand

For the past 10+ years of my life, I’ve been asked what the best option are.  What to eat?  Considering the idea of “connecting to food,” it is much easier to connect with an image that I comprehend and can visualize.  Have you ever visited an apple orchard?  Have you stood next to an apple tree?  Orange tree?  How about a pumpkin patch?  What about a big cold metal machine tree?  No?  You might have a great imagination, of course…

Which is more familiar and easy to connect with and visualize?

I know what an apple tree looks like.  I know the reach of a tree’s roots and the color and texture of soil. If you’re like me, you may not be incredibly familiar with food processing machinery.  Maybe it’s easier to visualize a tree?  I think you understand where I’m going with this.

The less processed, more simple food in it’s natural state is best.  There’s really nothing complex about it.  This is the second step of the experiment.  One meal a day:  completely natural.  Create (or purchase) one meal a day that is completely unprocessed.  What’s simple and quick?  Salad with lemon juice as dressing?  As I’m certainly due to share a recipe; a meal that is not completely raw-yet none of the ingredients were once on a machine:

The Pearl Oyster mushroom soup I love to create is mouth-watering!  I posted a short video on Instagram if you’d like to see it!

My husband and I created mushroom kits that are now fruiting and these were the main ingredient and important protein for the soup.  You can use any less or a bit more if you want, but we used about a half pound:

3 small zucchini, sliced

2 medium tomatoes, diced

½ lb. oyster mushrooms, coarsely chopped or shredded by hand

3 cups filtered water

1 bunch of organic celery (10-12) stalks

½ Tablespoon of organic turmeric powder

1 Tablespoon of Himalaya salt

¼ Teaspoon Asafoetida

 

Hemp milk  (or almond milk)

2 cups filtered water

2 Tablespoons hemp seeds

1 Tablespoon raw coconut oil

*blend in blender*

For almond milk, soak 1 cup of almonds overnight and strain with cheesecloth after blending

my gorgeous friend Kelsea making Almond milk in her kitchen

Boil water in soup pot. Add the mushrooms. Cover and cook on medium heat until mushrooms are tender. Add the celery.  Wait five minutes to add the zucchini and tomato. Add salt and spices. Simmer 10 minutes. When the 10 minutes is up, mix in the hemp milk.  Stir until well blended. Simmer for 5 minutes. Increase nutrient density by topping with a tablespoon of hemp seed oil and teaspoon of nutritional yeast.

Please use the comment space below to share any sensual food moments you’ve had with your lover.  If you tried the experiment, how did it go for you?  If you haven’t…are you planning to? Feel free to ask any questions!

 

 

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